1 CD-R containing approximately 174 images surrounding the flight of astronauts Truly, Brandenstein, Gardner, Bluford and Thornton in 1983. This was the first night launch and landing of the Space Shuttle.
Credits: Compilation by J.L. Pickering and Ed Hengeveld
STS-8 Mission: Multipurpose Satellite/First Night Launch and Landing Space Shuttle: Challenger Launch Pad: 39A Launch Weight: 242,742 pounds Launched: Aug. 30, 1983 at 2:32:00 a.m. EDT Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Landing: Sept. 5, 1983 at 12:40:43 a.m. PDT Landing Weight: 203,945 pounds Runway: 22 Rollout Distance: 9,371 feet Rollout Time: 50 seconds Revolution: 98 Mission Duration: 6 days, 1 hour, 8 minutes and 43 seconds Returned to KSC: Sept. 9, 1983 Orbit Altitude: 191 nautical miles Orbit Inclination: 28.5 degrees Miles Traveled: 2.5 million